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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

As Mayor Eric Garcetti "hashtag shills" for Los Angeles to become the Museum Home for Star Wars George Lucas Art Collection, we like to remind the former Charter Member of the Autry's "Southwest Society" of some unfinished business on Mt. Washington involving the still shuttered Southwest Museum. 
While we can agree that LA would make a great home for George Lucas Art Collection .......
......, can we also #bringitback in seeking to reopen Los Angeles First Museum with its complete collection on display? 
As Mayor Eric Garcetti nears his first year anniversary in office, its no understatement to state that the Rhodes Scholar Politico has embraced "Hashtag Messaging".
In the age of Twitter, the tech-savvy Mayor Garcetti can tweet pronouncements on policy issues in the fraction of the time (and staff cost) of a former Failure Mayor Antonio Villar Photo Op.  Yet, both diverse styles do mostly share the same end product, symbolism over substance.
While we would like to join Mayor Garcetti in helping to grow LA's museum choices (just think how many DWP/IBEW employees would pay to view to original mold of "Jabba the D'Arcy", but I digress), we call upon Mayor Garcetti to make a cultural priority, the reopening of the Southwest Museum.
Mayor Garcetti knows all too well how being associated with an Act of Symbolism (the defunct Southwest Society), has resulted with most of LA's First Museum Collection, still sitting in a Burbank Warehouse.
In recent months, the Friends of the Southwest Museum have unveiled an exciting, ambitious plan that features a restored, reopen museum, with surrounding investment in the heritage of the Arroyo Seco.
Thus, now is the time to move beyond hashtag symbolism and come together in supporting a plan of substance to help bring back to life LA's First Museum.
** As "#SaveourStreetsLA" gets placed on cyber hold, Jack Humphreville has some thoughts how the duo of City Clowncil Central Committee Members Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino, can sell a cynical electorate on a rise in the Sale Tax. To convince the voters to pay for the repair of the streets for a second time, the City Council will need to place a charter amendment on the ballot that mandates that the City to Live Within Its Means.  This will require the City to develop and adhere to a Five Year Financial Plan, pass two year balanced budgets, and over the next twenty years, fully fund the City’s two underwater pension plans and repair our streets and the rest of our deteriorating infrastructure.
** Ron Kaye reconnects with keyboard to broach on why California is losing the race in prosecuting corrupt politicos. Part of the answer may have to do with California's prominence among states, with the ruling political party's ability to influence appointments of US Attorneys.
** CD 1 City Clowncilman Gil Cedillo is bring about unity on the Eastside of the LA River ......, by growing discontent among his supposed supporters. Many are openly frustrated at Clowncilman Cedillo and staff for broken pledges, which are quickly growing into big problems for Gil.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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